mothers' groups & playgroups
- Groups to help new mothers, especially those living in the suburbs, feel more connected to each other and to the community.
- Researchers interviewed 39 mothers of pre-schoolers at 16 mothers' groups and 13 playgroups with input from child-health nurses and local government early childhood staff.
- Mothers' groups and playgroups vital to guard against isolation and anxiety as traditional support systems fragment.
- Increased number of immigrant families, mothers returning to work earlier and working longer, and people being less likely to interact with their neighbors have led to decreased traditional support systems.